20th Century

Advice for health and grooming, 1931

To be sure that you present a consistently well-groomed appearance, check yourself each night by the following “daily dozen”:

  1. Have I shampooed my hair (if necessary) and brushed it?
  2. Have I brushed and thoroughly cleaned my teeth twice today?
  3. Did I have eight hours of sleep last night?
  4. Have I thoroughly cleansed my face, hands and body?
  5. Have I taken some out-of-door exercise today?
  6. Have I had adequate intestinal elimination?
  7. Have I eaten three balanced meals?
  8. If I use cosmetics, have I chosen and applied them artistically?
  9. Have I kept my nails clean and well manicured?
  10. Have I maintained a good posture?
  11. Did my clothes appear well kept?
  12. Were my undergarments and hose fresh?

McCalls, early 1930s

Excerpted from:

Rathbone, Lucy & Tarpley, Elizabeth,  Fabrics and Dress.  From the Riverside Home Economics Series.  San Francisco: Houghton Mifflin Company.  1931 (given to me by the amazing Elise, and it is amazing and pretty much my favourite sewing book ever, already!)


  1. Some nice advice to go along with my new 1932 vintage patterns. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  2. Elise says

    Glad to be of service! And that advice is still pretty relevant!

  3. “Intestinal elimination”!!!

    Those dresses are quite fabulous. I can’t decide which one I like better, which means I like them all!

  4. I like this list. It is sensible, practical, and healthy. I’m a little surprised that I would actually be able to tick off most of them.

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